1 user

King of the Bingo Game (1999)

| Short
Harlem, 1943. Sonny is a struggling African American who frequents the bingo parlor in a desperate attempt to provide for his family in Depression era New York. Based on a short story by ... See full summary »


Elise Robertson


Ralph Ellison (novel)


Learn more

More Like This 

Nothingman (2018)
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A homeless alcoholic living on Skid Row dons himself a Private Investigator to solve cases for others living on the street.

Directors: Eli Kooris, Joshua Shaffer
Stars: Richard Burgi, Zach Crowley, Colman Domingo
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

As the world succumbs to a zombie apocalypse, Cole, a hardened mercenary, is chasing the one person who can provide a cure. In his way aren't only the flesh-eating, super-athletic cannibals... See full summary »

Director: Mark McQueen
Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Danny Dyer, MyAnna Buring
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Toni Lysaith
American Masters (TV Series 1985)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich
True Crime (1999)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate's innocence just hours before his execution?

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Isaiah Washington, LisaGay Hamilton
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos descents and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.

Director: Sam Levinson
Stars: Odessa Young, Abra, Suki Waterhouse


Cast overview, first billed only:
Colman Domingo ... Sonny
Bennie Lewis Bennie Lewis ... George
Earl L. Robertson Earl L. Robertson ... Leroy
Rashida Clendening ... Woman Eating Peanuts
Marcus McCalister Marcus McCalister ... Workman on Street
Leroi Hardimon Leroi Hardimon ... Workman on Street
Dana Andrew Dana Andrew ... Workman on Street
Peter Macon ... Film Noir Hero
Anika Noni Rose ... Film Noir Female
June Carryl ... Laura (as June Lomena)
S.E. Townsend S.E. Townsend ... Claire
Vonn Scott Bair ... Projectionist
Michael Wick Michael Wick ... Projectionist
Finn Curtin Finn Curtin ... Emcee
Johnnie Burrell Johnnie Burrell ... Attendant


Harlem, 1943. Sonny is a struggling African American who frequents the bingo parlor in a desperate attempt to provide for his family in Depression era New York. Based on a short story by Ralph Ellison. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Also Known As:

Ralph Ellison's King of the Bingo Game See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A desperate man strives to leave his mark on the world
20 June 2001 | by Data-1001See all my reviews

Based on a Ralph Ellison story, this gripping and stylish tale was originally featured on PBS' American Storytellers series.

Colman Domingo gives a multi-layered and intense performance as Sonny, a man whose search for the good life culminates in one ultimate and onerous contest. Writer/Director/Producer Elise Robertson skillfully weaves this world for us so well, that it is easy to believe that we are actually eavesdropping in this man's life.

Well-worth trying to catch this 30-minute movie, should it return to the public television airwaves, although it's possible the tape is still available from PBS Home Video or pbs.org.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed